I’m not supposed to be writing a blog post right now; actually I was in the middle of doing something else.
So why am I writing now? Because I’m a procrastinator, I may look productive, I may get things ticked off my ever-growing to do list, but I guarantee you I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be. That’s a job for Future Jamie.
Ahh Future Jamie, a mythical being who can clean the house, work on a commission and even fit in a blog post, all with enough spare time to relax with a cup of tea before bed.
Too bad she doesn’t exist.
The real Future Jamie is a flustered mess who is constantly cursing Past Jamie’s laziness.
Although, I sometimes wonder, is my procrastination the key to my creativity? Now don’t get me wrong, I always start with good intentions, sometimes starting weeks or even months before a project is due, I will scribble down a few (in my opinion) bad ideas before giving in to the call of Downton Abbey. Without the lack of urgency, I simply pass on every idea I come up with, thinking I have plenty of time to come up with something better.
Cut to the week or even days before a project is due, in a frenzy I will throw any idea that comes to mind on paper. With less time to think, I’m forced to go with my instincts, sometimes I come up with something really great, sometimes I just get over the line and find myself wishing I’d spent more time preparing.
In my constant search for productivity hacks to get myself motivated, I’ve tried setting reminders on my phone (that end up getting ignored), organising and re-organising my desk, keeping a physical planner, getting up earlier to fit in some work in the morning, but most recently I’ve been trying bullet journaling, which definitely takes discipline but I am also finding helpful, check out this link for tips on how to get started.
My process definitely isn’t perfect, but I’m working on it, and as long as I keep trying, I can hopefully help Future Jamie to be a little less annoyed about Past Jamie’s laziness.
For those of you who made it to the end, check out this Ted Talk from a master procrastinator.